Monday, October 31, 2011

God's Eye... a book review

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God's Eye

(Note: This book is not from a Christian publisher!)

Katharine Geryon was raised to follow in her father's steps and continue the legacy of Light & Geryon, an investment firm that made money hand over fist.  While turning a blind eye to questionable business practices, Katharine continues to work diligently so she will be ready to take over when the time comes.  Yet, two men enter her life simultaneously who turn it upside-down.   Allistair West is hired as a new trainee at the firm, and Zachary Andras moves into the vacant condominium next door.

Add in some peculiar and unwelcome manifestations in her home, she slowly comes to expect piles of soot and ash on the floor.  When messages begin to appear on her mirror, she seeks the assistance of Margot, the head librarian at her local library.  With Margot's help, they decifer not only the messages left, but also who (or what) is vying for life.

This is not only a well-written piece of fiction about the battle between good and evil, but also the coming of age story of Katharine.  Will she be able to break free from her family's business and heritage, or will she continue her father's legacy?  Will she choose the appearance of good or the reality of evil?  Or will she stand-up for herself and become the woman she hopes to be?

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"He pushed his way through the synapse between the spaces.  It required more energy than he possessed.  It always did.  For now, he paused and inhaled the searing air deeply into new lungs, holding it despite the pain."

A.J. Scudiere's new novel, God's Eye, begins with mystery and keeps you riveted until the very end.  Snatch this book as soon as possible and curl up for a great read!

My rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Why 4 1/2 you ask?  There were a few scenes that were a bit too descriptive in the romance-side and a limited number of profanity.  Because of this, I am not recommending this to my teenagers to read.

I received this complimentary e-book from netgalley.com and Griffyn Ink Publisher for my honest review.


Blessings,

     Ellen

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Proverbs in 31 Days

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I noticed a new 31-day study through Proverbs starting on Tuesday, November 1st.

I'd love for you to join me!

Read more over at Mom's Toolbox.



Blessings,

     Ellen

Monday, October 24, 2011

Italian Sausage with Bow Tie Pasta

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients:

1 box (16 oz) bow tie pasta
1 lb. bulk Italian sausage
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
2 cans (15 oz each) Italian stewed tomatoes, drained and chopped
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried basil, crushed
shredded Parmesan cheese for garnish

Directions:

1)  Cook pasta according to package directions.

2)  Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook the sausage, onion and pepper flakes over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.  Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

3)  Stir in the tomatoes, cream salt and basil.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 6-8 minutes or until thickened stirring occasionally.

4)  Drain pasta; toss with sausage mixture.  Garnish with cheese.

5)  Add a tossed green salad and bread.

6)  Enjoy!

Blessings,
     Ellen

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Christmas Singing... a book review

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The Christmas Singing
Availability Date: October 4, 2011
ISBN 978-0-307-44654-1
208 pages     US $14.99

Mattie and Gideon grew up as best friends in the Amish community of Apple Ridge, PA.  As they came into courting age, no one was surprised to see them become a couple and engaged.  On one cold Christmas Eve, Mattie went to his home to surprise him with a cake, but she was the one surprised.   When Mattie catches him with an "Englischer," he ends their engagement and tells her that they both need to see other people.

Devastated, Mattie moves to Ohio and lives with her older brother and his family.  While there, she opens up a cake baking/decorating store, Mattie Cakes, and immerses herself in her passion.  For three years, she enjoys a good business, many customers, and the affections of a new beau, Sol.  During a quick trip next door to visit with a friend, her store catches fire.  She runs into it believing her young niece is trapped inside.  Thankfully her niece is not there, but Mattie passes out from smoke inhalation and receives minor burns. 

Mattie is encouraged to return home to Apple Ridge to recuperate and spend time with her mother who suffers from a chronic illness.   Her biggest fear rises when she keeps finding herself in the company of Gideon.  Will they be able to put the past in the past?  Can she forgive him for dumping her three years ago?  Will learning the truth behind his rejection restore her Christmas joy – or open the door to even deeper heartbreak?

Read the first 14 pages HERE. 

Even though this book was a quick read, Cindy Woodsmall is able to bring a serious topic to light - when is it alright to lie to protect a loved one?  Does it help the situation or hurt it?  If we lie to "protect" someone, are we truly trusting God with the outcome of the situation? 

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received this complimentary copy from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group through their Blogging for Books program for my honest review.

Blessings,

     Ellen

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Scripture Sunday

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"Go home to your family and tell them how much
the Lord has done for you,
and how He has had mercy on you." 

~  Jesus

Mark 5.19 (NIV)

Thank you to the Notgrass Company for sharing this picture and verse in a weekly email.

Blessings,

     Ellen

The Christmas Note... a book review

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I just finished my first book of the Christmas season, The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere.  What a wonderful, uplifting story to usher in the Advent season!

Gretchen Daniels and her two young children have just moved into a condo near her mother to build a new life for her and her family.  On her second day in her new home, a wearied and impatient man knocks on her door looking for the daughter of one of his apartment tenants who has died.  He leaves the information with Gretchen and leaves it to her to break the news to Melissa, her quiet and timid single neighbor, that she has one week to clean out her mother's apartment.

Gretchen offers to help Melissa clean out her mother's apartment.  As they work side-by-side, Gretchen finds a note written to Melissa.  A note that will change her life forever.  As she tries to make sense of the incomplete note and its implications, Melissa only remembers her mother's drinking and carousing nature during her growing up years.  What could her mom offer to her.... after her passing?

An unlikely friendship forms between the two women as they encourage each other through life's challenges.  Just as Melissa lives alone and always keeps to herself, Gretchen is awaiting the time when her wounded soldier/husband is able to return home.  He was critically injured on September 15th in a bomb blast in Afghanistan while playing kickball with the local children. 


Click HERE to reach Chapter 1 and 2!


This is a story of forgiveness, hope, and redemption.  I loved how Donna weaves God's faithfulness through the storyline... Melissa's loving neighbor when she was a child, Mrs. Schweiger's daily prayers for her, and Gretchen's willingness to "come alongside" her during her darkest days.

This is a wonderful book to remind each of us to really 'see' our neighbor and to walk with those around us through their valleys and rejoice with them on the hilltops.  At first I was taken aback by how Donna VanLiere wrote each chapter from the point of view of either Gretchen or Melissa.  As I continued reading, I loved the way that each chapter gave you and insight into their thoughts, feelings, and motivations of each person.  Just like an aside in theater, it drew me into the story... these are not just characters in a book, but "friends" you can relate to.

The Christmas Note is the newest edition in the Christmas Hope Series.  For other books in the series, click here.  I am looking forward to reading them all!

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of The Christmas Note Thomas Nelson Publishers
and the BookSneeze program for my honest review.

Blessings,

     Ellen

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Edible Front Yard... a book review

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For all the homeowners who desire a beautiful, producing garden,
here is your "handbook!"

Ivette Soler walks you through front-yard gardening from the planning stage to the visually appealing, productive front yard.

Here is a picture of my 4 x 8 square-foot "front yard" garden.



I have a lot of room to make a complete Edible Front Yard!

In The Edible Front Yard, Ivette Soler shows you how to "rip" out your current front yard, and replant it using vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, and ornamental beauties to make your it the envy of the neighborhood.   Are you ready to be the first in your area to be a non-conformist from the well-manicured grass-filled front  yard?

From the first page to the last, Ivette describes how to plan, build, plant, maintain, and harvest your front garden.  She describes different plants, including a 'How to Grow' and 'How to Use' section for each.  This is followed by learning the different ways plants grow and how to set-up your areas which will be most pleasing for the best curb appeal possible.  She uses the same techniques that landscape architects employ, but with vegetables, including repetition of plants, importance of structure, form, and texture.

By following the detailed plans from the book, my plain front yard could look like this...

raised beds photo

or this...

fence growth photo

or possibly this...

front path photo

The author, Ivette Soler, resides in Los Angeles, CA.  She utilizes her background of plant design work for Elysian Landscapes, and her own personal garden, and has put together a very-detailed how-to book for front yard gardening.  As you read through this book and incorporate different ideas at your home, keep in mind that her background is in California.  Always check the hardiness zones on the plants you wish to use! 

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I had difficulty visualizing my front yard as I read through her book.  There were so many details that I got lost from chapter to chapter.  This is definitely a book that you continually reference.  Also, I read this on a black-and-white Nook.  This must be read on a color reader or in actual book form.  The pictures are amazing and need to be experienced in full-color.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of The Edible Front Yard from Timber Press Publisher for my honest review.


Blessings,

     Ellen

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New blooms and the fall garden

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After  using some bad fertilizer/plant food, my mums have been able to rebound.  Take a look...










Fall Garden 2011

Green bell peppers are still producing!

Brussel sprouts and broccoli

Romaine, red leaf lettuce and arugula

How is your fall vegetable or flower garden growing?


Blessings,

     Ellen

Monday, October 17, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Wings

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Since I am currently cooking for 5 (2 adults and 3 teenagers), I basically double most recipes to 8 servings.  Hopefully... sometimes... we actually have leftovers!

Ingredients:

64 oz Texas Pete Hot Sauce
1 stick butter, melted
60-75 pieces chicken wings, separated and tips thrown away
Tobasco sauce to taste

Directions:

1)  Place hot sauce, melted butter, and tobasco in a crock pot.  Set to HIGH.

2)  Using kitchen scissors or sharp knife, separate chicken wings and discard the tips.

3)  Preheat oven to BROIL and set rack about 6 inches below unit.

4)  Spray a double-broiler pan with Pam and place the wings on it.



5)  Broil the chicken wings until golden brown on each side.




6)  As the chicken wings are cooked, place in the crock pot until all are ready.

73 wings... took 3 separate broiling pans!


7) Enjoy!

Matt is just learning to appreciate spicy, hot food!

Notes:
We enjoy our Buffalo Hot Wings with Ore-Ida Zesty fries!  Serve with celery and carrots sticks with Blue Cheese and/or Ranch dressing.  For a smaller batch, broil.. toss in hot sauce... serve!

Blessings,

The Mercy... a book review

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Mercy, The, Beverly Lewis, 978-0-7642-0601-6

The Mercy is the last book in The Rose Trilogy from Beverly Lewis.  As always, she draws you into the daily life, concerns, and family ties as if you were sitting in the Amish kitchen yourself.

The Mercy opens in winter, not only in the actual season, but also in a dark period of Hen's life and marriage.  Her marriage to Brandon, an Englisher, is falling apart at the same time he is is in a terrible car accident that leaves him blind.  He returns to Hen's Amish family's home during his recuperation.  While there, he strikes up a friendship with Aaron, an Amish preacher who is under a silencing ban.   Can Aaron help Brandon 'see the light?'  Will Hen and Brandon be able to reconcile their differences - both personally and religiously?

Meanwhile, Hen's younger sister Rose is yearning for a beau and a family of her own, but she keeps running into brick walls.  Her first love leaves the Amish order for the world - wanting to go to college and experience everything that he feels had been denied him.  Her second courtship solidifies her vow to God and His ways.  We walk alongside her through her emotional ups-and-downs.  How I could relate to her feelings and desires.

Click HERE to read the first 2 chapters!

I love how Beverly Lewis intertwines the Amish faith and beliefs with the characters and storyline.  After reading her books, I feel as though I know a little bit more about their lifestyle and faith.  This book was another great example of what true repentance looks like and the importance of keeping your vows made to God.

I wasn't able to read the first two books in The Rose Trilogy, but I had no problem following the storyline or the characters.  I look forward to reading the first two books soon - Book 1 The Thorn and Book 2 The Judgment.
Thank you, Beverly, for another wonderful book!

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars


I received this complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.


Blessings,

     Ellen

Monday, October 10, 2011

Hamburger Stroganoff

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Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
2 Tbs butter
2 cloves minced garlic
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
3 Tbs all-purpose flour
1 can beef broth
salt to taste
3 tsp paprika
dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
16 oz. sour cream
cooked noodles

Directions:
1.  Brown ground beef in butter with garlic and onion.
2.  Stir in flour until blended.
3.  Add beef broth, salt, paprika, pepper, and mushrooms.
4.  Simmer for 15 minutes.
5.  Add sour cream and heat through.  Do not allow to come to a full boil.
6.  Serve over hot noodles with a crisp, garden salad.
7.  Enjoy!

Notes: For our family of 5 (2 adults and 3 teenagers), I double this recipe... and might have left-overs!

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Blessings,
     Ellen

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Waiting for Morning... a book review

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It has been a wonderful summer and school is just about to begin for the new year.  Another year of living and loving her family... 2 beautiful daughters and a doting, loving husband.  As her husband Dr. Tom Ryan and girls return home from their annual "end of summer" campout, Brian Wesley is staggering out of a bar after drowning his sorrows in 14 drinks.

A drunk driver
A red light runner
A family's life forever changed

Hannah knew something was wrong.  They were never this late getting home from their camping trip.  Then a car stops at their house... a knock on the door... and words no wife wants to hear...

"There was a serious car accident, ma'am..."

After receiving the news of the horrific accident, Hannah Ryan heads to the hospital only to learn that her dear husband and eldest daughter Alicia died.  Her faith in a good and loving God dies with them. 

As Sgt. Miller, a fellow believer, tries to comfort her, she responds, "I'm sure you mean well, Sgt. Miller, but you're just like every other Christian right now.  'It must be God's will.' 'They're home in heaven now.' 'God still loves you.' 'The Lord has a plan...'"

"A wave of emotion choked off her words, and she had to swallow hard before she could continue.  'I don't want to hear it.  Do you understand? Brian Wesley, age twenty-eight, married with one son, just destroyed my life!  He took everything from me and left me with nothing, not even hope.  He murdered my husband and daughter, and so help me God, I'll never forgive him as long as I live.'" 

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Karen Kingsbury has captured the heart and soul of a family torn apart by drunk drivers everywhere.  She has given a voice to the family members left behind questioning the goodness of God.  Why us?  Where were you, God?  You could have saved them!

As we walk through the pages of the book, we can identify with the desolate feelings of both Hannah and Jenny.  A mother bereft of her family... a daughter who yearns to be with her dad and sister in heaven.  Can Hannah find her way back to God and true peace?  Will she be able to forgive Brian?  Will Jenny find a reason to live?

We all walk through trials, illnesses, seemingly unnecessary deaths and more - bad things do happen to good people.  Through the grace-filled writing of Karen Kingsbury, we see how even faith-filled families can have doubts and anger toward God. 

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review from Multnomah Books and Random House, Inc. through Edelweiss Digital Books.



Blessings,

     Ellen

Monday, October 3, 2011

Chili Seasoning Mix... from scratch!

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 Tbs chili powder
2 Tbs crushed red pepper
2 Tbs dry, minced onion
2 Tbs dry, minced garlic
2 tsp ground cumin
1 Tbs parsley
2 tsp salt
2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbs ground red cayenne pepper (optional...we like spice!)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in an airtight container.  Put lid on and shake well.

Here is a picture of my fancy container!


To make chili....

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
2 Tbs Chili Seasoning Mix (above)
16 oz. tomato sauce OR 14 oz. diced tomatoes
1 can dark kidney beans

Directions:

1.  Brown ground beef until no longer pink.
2.  Add 2 Tbs chili seasoning mix per pound.
3.  Add 16 oz. tomato sauce OR 14 oz. diced tomatoes per pound
4.  Rinse canned kidney beans; add to chili.
5.  Mix well; simmer for 10 minutes.
6.  Serve with shredded cheddar or Mexican-blend cheese and crackers.
7.  Enjoy!




Notes:

1.  I also make this in the crock pot.  I brown the ground beef and then add all ingredients EXCEPT the kidney beans to the slow cooker.  Cook on LOW for 4 hours or HIGH for 2 hours.  Add the kidney beans during the last 15 minutes of cooking.

2.  This freezes well!  Make as above; let cool.  Spoon into quart-size freezer bags.  When closing, try to get as much air out of it as possible.  Place bags in refrigerator to get cold, then place in freezer.  By freezing it this way, you can thaw it quickly for a simple dinner or chili dogs!

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Blessings,

     Ellen

Waking Hours... a book review

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Salem, Massachussetts, has never been known to be a quiet, sleepy town.  With its history of witch hunting and trials, it seems forever shrouded in the supernatural.  Is there more to Salem than we know?

Scene 1: the night of the full moon
A nongenarian - Abbie Gardener, a former town librarian - slips away from her nursing home to deliver a message to Tommy Gunderson, an ex-professional football player.  Her message is spoken in Latin as she pushes a disemboweled frog into his hands.  She mutters, "These are the first to go.  You'll be the last."

Scene 2: the same night around 2:13 AM
A gruesome, ritual-style murder of a teenager girl takes place on Bull's Rock Hill.  The only clue located at the crime scene... a cell phone belonging to Liam Dorsett, another teenager.  When the police go to East Salem High School to pick him up for questioning, he calls Tommy Gunderson - his coach/trainer from All-Fit Sports, Health, and Fitness Center -for help and support.

Scene 3: the investigation begins...
As a forensic psychiatrist whose firm consults with the DA's office in East Salem, Dani Harris is called in to help work the case.  It is her job to determine whether defendants were sane enough to assist in their own defenses or evaluating defendants or witnesses who were usually involuntary and often hostile participants.  As she begins to evaluate Liam and his story, she is assisted by Tommy Gunderson who is currently in college to become a private investigator. 

All the suspects are teenagers who were at a party with the girl–yet none remembers what happened. Could one of them be a vicious killer? Or is something more sinister afoot–something tied to an ancient evil?

"It will take astute analysis and forensic skills to solve the crime. But Dani and Tommy suspect there’s more the the mystery than murder, more to their growing friendship than chance… and more to the evil they’re facing than a mere human killer."

This novel is the first in a new series... An East Salem Novel.  I loved this book... the believability of the characters... the historical supernatural woven into it... the use of current events within the story.  Read the book and you won't be disappointed!  I can't wait until the next book is released!

My rating: 6 out of 5 stars.  Yes, it is that good!

I received a complimentary copy of Waking Hours from Thomas Nelson Publishers and the Booksneeze Blogging program for my honest review. 

Blessings,

     Ellen

Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Bible in 90 Days

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The Bible in 90 84 Days

What an amazing ride this has been!

After many failed attempts at reading through the Bible.. to finish in 84 days is nothing short of God's grace and mercy.  Not until tonight has my husband said anything about my disappearing acts to go read.  He was my silent cheerleader!  Because of the emotional turmoil that has occurred in our home over the past 2 weeks, I was even more focused to stay in the Word.  I know really know that God uses the bad things that happen to us for our good.  Praise the Lord for His faithfulness to me even when I am not faithful!

This last week took me through many books of the New Testament including: Acts, Romans 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1 and 2 and 3 John, Jude and Revelation.


Here are a couple verses which have stayed with me....

Romans 12:9-13

9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Philippians 1:9-11

9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

2 Timothy 2:11-13

11 Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
12 if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
13 if we are faithless,
he remains faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.

 

2 Peter 3:9

9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Revelation 22:12-13

12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End."
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If you are also completing the Bible in 90 Days challenge, how are you doing?  God will bless your time in His Word... from one who has been clinging to His promises the last couple of weeks! 

If you are not currently in this challenge, I urge you to join in the next session with Amy at Mom's Toolbox

It is life-changing!

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Blessings,

     Ellen

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Life Application Study Bible Devotional... a book review

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Life Application Study Bible Devotional: Daily Wisdom from Jesus

For all of us who love the Life Application Study Bible, this devotional picks up where the Word ends.  Each of the 312 daily readings from the gospels - one for each weekday and one for the weekend - welcomes you into the life of Jesus.  "Each week focuses on a different event in His life - drawing out daily wisdom from his parables, teachings, conversations, miracles, and interactions with people." 

Each devotion helps you establish a time of reflection and meditation and challenges you to respond to God's Word through...
  • Reading the Word: the day's selection from the Gospels
  • Setting the Scene: a reflection on the passage with background information and other details explained.  The historical context is so important to understand Scripture.
  • Getting Personal: brief notes and questions to help you personalize the lessons of the daily Scripture reading.  This section helped me apply God's Word to my life and circumstances.
  • Talking to God: suggestions for shaping an extended time of conversation with God each day

I have enjoyed "walking" with Jesus and learning from his life.  This is a great companion devotional to the Life Application Study Bible.  For homeschoolers, this devotional works well as part of any Bible curriculum and a great way to start your day.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I received this complimentary copy of the Life Application Study Bible Devotional: Daily Wisdom from the Life of Jesus from Tyndale Publishing for my review.

Blessings,

     Ellen
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